Putney's Iconic Music Venue Now To Be Taken Seriously As A Local Eatery

And yes they do great burgers!

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For those who have read past reviews they will know that if the family are involved in the outing burgers will certainly get tested at any restaurant we visit!

As a fan of the music venue and having been part of the press pressure to keep the venue open, the Half Moon was not somewhere I would have thought of as a place for Saturday lunch even if it was just "my husband & I" but certainly not somewhere to take the teens!

But think again! The open light & airy interiors are not the only change - Saturday lunch was popular with people of every age including a couple with their young baby and a beautiful (& well behaved) black spaniel was spotted under one table!

There is a set regular menu offering 'Small Plates' giving a light snack e.g. Soup or Welsh Rarebit or 'Bigger Plates' & Grills the latter including .... yes you've guessed it burgers but what is different is there are three types of burger - traditional beef plus pork belly or lamb all priced at £7.50 but chips are extra! In addition there is a special board offering three or four extra choices. 'Bigger Plates' also offers fish & vegetarian dishes and steaks.

Burgers were snapped up with beef & lamb being ordered - sadly the pork with crackling had sold out! I went for the smoked haddock kedgeree (£11.00) - you can get a small plate for £5.50. The burger did not disappoint - arriving on a board with salad and relish with ketchup & mayonnaise in trendy little kilner style jars. The kedgeree was very tasty with a poached egg on top - but unlike my home cooking it was risotto in style - ie creamy not dry in texture.

The change in ownership last year - The Half Moon is now part of The Geronimo group - has resulted in a change in the cellar - the medium bodied La Fougere Grenache/Syrah 2009/10, Pays d’Oc, (£5.20 - 250ml) was very palatable and the Wandle Ale is brewed in neighbouring Battersea (£3.50), whilst the Punk IPA (£4.30) is made with New Zealand hops.

The dessert menu, though not extensive includes traditional favourites, my sweet toothed husband tried the apple tart & custard (£5.50) which received favourable feedback whilst I stuck with the double espresso (£2.50).

So it's a thumbs up for the 'new' Half Moon offering good food in a welcoming environment - the staff were all friendly & helpful. The final bill for four was £65.30 excluding service.

Sandi Bloomfield

January 18, 2012